Monday, August 13, 2007

Cast of Characters

It's still going to be a day or two until I can post photos from the safari trip, but here's the cast of characters that accompanied me to Kruger National Park:
Storm: White, blonde South African driver to Kruger. Seriously, his name was Storm. When he told me, I nearly burst out laughing, it was so cliche, but then thought I should stay on the good side of a man who could leave me abandoned in the wild.
MJ: Girl in car with Storm. Most likely, girlfriend. Possibly racist, along with Storm.
Emily: Appeared to be normal American girl who stayed at the same hotel. Young 20s and still looking to impress the world with her intelligence. Reminded me of how annoying I must have been at that age. Reaction to subtle racist comments by Storm and MJ: "I think that's par for the course, here."
TJ: Big, white South African tour guide. Imagine Hurly from Lost with blonde dreadlocks. Blatantly declares that he does not smile. Has been camping and sleeping in a tin trailer for 3 1/2 years.
Suze: 40-something divorcee with 5 kids between 8 and 23. Lots of fun after six pack of beer and 1/2 bottle of wine each night. Possibly heard her purging after breakfast, but circumspect.
Derek and Lee: British-Irish engaged couple. Little known since they were in blissful coupledom, although that may also be because they were both accountants. However, Derek was useful, having memorized the conversion table from metric to English measurement.
Me: Was newly resolved to move out of the US after I get my degree. Now reconsidering.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

what no one armed man?

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Emily said...

Is there no one in this world NOT named Emily? Or Storm. Crap.

Aimee said...

Nice post! You have said it very well. Keep going.